Detroit Red Wings’ great Ted Lindsay dies at 93

Detroit Red Wings hockey legends Gordie Howe, second from left, and Ted Lindsay, second from right, meet with the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, left, and the Red Wings’ Nicklas Lidstrom to drop the ceremonial first pucks before the start of the Stanley Cup finals in Detroit in May 2009. (AP file photo)

By LARRY LAGE
and NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writers
DETROIT — Ted Lindsay lived to do what he thought was right.
He pioneered the first NHL players’ union despite intense opposition from team management, began the tradition of taking the Stanley Cup closer to fans by skating it around the ice and refused to attend his own Hall of Fame induction ceremony because only men were allowed.
“I was led by a feeling of fairness,” Lindsay once said.
Lindsay, the 5-foot-8, 160-pound tough guy who provided muscle and meanness on the Detroit Red Wings’ famed “Production Line” of the 1950s, died Monday at the age of 93 in his home in Michigan, according to Lew LaPaugh, his son-in-law and president of the Ted Lindsay Foundation, which raises money for autism research.
The player known as “Terrible Ted” was one of the game’s best left wings and an 11-time All-Star who played on four Stanley Cup winners in the early 1950s. Lindsay, Sid Abel and Gordie Howe formed an offensive juggernaut of a line that helped make Detroit one of the first of the NHL’s great postwar dynasties and they had a fitting nickname in the Motor City.
He finished his NHL career with 379 goals and 472 assists in 1,068 games with 14 of his 17 seasons with Detroit. The Red Wings won Stanley Cups in 1950, 1952, 1954 and 1955.